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Top Steer Sets Record; Rauner Buys a Champion

Top Steer Sets Record; Rauner Buys a Champion

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The Republican candidate for Illinois governor placed a winning bid on a champion steer at the Illinois State Fair.

Bruce Rauner and his wife Diana, as well as the Friends of Pike County 4-H bought the Land of Lincoln Grand Champion Steer at the Governor’s Sale of Champions at the fairgrounds Tuesday. His spokesman says Rauner is vacationing in Montana, so the bid on the steer was made by others on his behalf.

The auction was hosted by Rauner’s Nov. 4 election rival, Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn.

The purebred Hereford steer was raised by 11-year-old exhibitor Braden Musgrave. It sold for $56,300. Rauner’s campaign says the steer will be donated to the University of Illinois’ College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

The Grand Champion was shown by Shaelye Varner, 12, of Morris. The $100,000 sale price set a new record.

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